ACN requests prayers for Pope Francis´ visit in EGYPT 28th-29th April 

The wave of violence that is currently tearing apart the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to affect the Church as well. However, there is still hope for peace. Representatives of the recently attacked seminary of Malole (Kasai-Central) ask for prayers for peace in the country and for solidarity so that they may return to their work. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) plans to support the rebuilding efforts as soon as peace is restored.  

By Murcadha O Flaherty

Users of new technology are unwittingly fueling violence in Africa and exploiting workers, according to leading priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have spoken out against alleged corruption in the production of minerals used in mobile phones and other electronic devices.   

By Eva-Maria Kolmann

The last few Easters were sad ones for the people of Aleppo. Good Friday was ever present, the light of the resurrection seemed far away. Only last year, Sister Annie Demerjian said to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), “Our children get coffins for Easter.” The name Aleppo had become synonymous with death, sorrow and horror.   

A NEWLY ORDINATED priest has described returning with the Blessed Sacrament to his home village in northern Iraq after it was finally liberated from Daesh (ISIS) extremists. Father Martin Banni, who as a seminarian in August 2014 fled Karamlesh holding the Blessed Sacrament, reported to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) how he had just gone back to the village in the Nineveh Plains, carrying the Sacred Host.  

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